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ALL154 - Power Politics and Texts for Young People


2020 unit information

Important Update:

Classes and seminars in Trimester 2/Semester 2, 2020 will be online. Physical distancing for coronavirus (COVID-19) will affect delivery of other learning experiences in this unit. Please check your unit sites for announcements and updates one week prior to the start of your trimester or semester.

Last updated: 2 June 2020

Enrolment modes:

Trimester 2: Burwood (Melbourne), Waurn Ponds (Geelong), Cloud (online), CBD*

Credit point(s):1
EFTSL value:0.125
Unit Chair:Trimester 2: Paul Venzo




Incompatible with: ALL254
Typical study commitment:

Students will on average spend 150 hours over the teaching period undertaking the teaching, learning and assessment activities for this unit.

Scheduled learning activities - campus:

1 x 2-hour seminars per week

Scheduled learning activities - cloud:

Online independent and collaborative learning activities including 3 x 1-hour scheduled online seminars before assessments 1, 2, and 3. 11 x 1-hour class recordings provided


*CBD refers to the National Indigenous Knowledges, Education, Research and Innovation (NIKERI) Institute; Community Based Delivery


Children’s texts offer models for ways of living in the world by positioning children to identify with characters who want certain things and who behave in specific ways that lead them to success. Never innocent of politics, narratives presented to children tell them about the world and their place within broader cultural institutions. Using theories that interrogate the construction of power and mechanisms of control in contemporary societies, this unit looks at the role children’s texts play in inducting children into value systems. Students will analyse the extent to which children’s texts express or contest the politics of our time.


These are the Learning Outcomes (ULO) for this unit

At the completion of this unit, successful students can:

Deakin Graduate Learning Outcomes


Demonstrate an understanding of the concepts of ideology, politics, knowledge and power, narrative, visual and screen theory and genre, and the broader research relating to the study of children's texts

GLO1: Discipline-specific knowledge and capabilities


Construct clear, logically structured, cogent, relevant, and grammatically correct written work that employs discipline-specific language and which observes the academic conventions of accurate citation and referencing of secondary sources

GLO2: Communication


Locate and access e-readings from CloudDeakin and the Deakin library system, and show discernment in the location and selection of appropriate scholarly material for use in assessment

GLO3: Digital literacy


Perform close textual analysis of and create original responses to prose, visual and screen texts, using evidence from the primary text and secondary research to support interpretation

GLO4: Critical thinking


Work independently and take personal responsibility for meeting assessment deadlines, in compliance with Faculty rules applying to extensions, as well as working to improve outcomes through the use of feedback on prior unit assessment

GLO5: Problem solving


Think ethically about the various social, cultural and political contexts in which children's texts are produced and consumed

GLO8: Global citizenship

These Unit Learning Outcomes are applicable for all teaching periods throughout the year


Trimester 2:
Assessment Description Student output Grading and weighting
(% total mark for unit)
Indicative due week
Assessment 1 (Individual) - Exercise 1000 words or equivalent 25% Week 4
Assessment 2 (Individual) - Essay 1000 words or equivalent 25% Week 8
Assessment 3 (Individual) - Essay 2000 words or equivalent 50% Week 11

The assessment due weeks provided may change. The Unit Chair will clarify the exact assessment requirements, including the due date, at the start of the teaching period.

Learning Resource

The texts and reading list for the unit can be found on the University Library via the link below: ALL154 Note: Select the relevant trimester reading list. Please note that a future teaching period's reading list may not be available until a month prior to the start of that teaching period so you may wish to use the relevant trimester's prior year reading list as a guide only.

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